Enforcement

The Council’s Waste Prevention and Enforcement Team actively work with residents to encourage them to recycle as much as possible and to take responsibility for their household waste and refuse and recycling containers. Unfortunately, some residents are either unaware of their obligations, refuse to recycle or choose not to comply with the collection arrangements.

Initially the team will offer an educational approach, however if this is ignored and issues persist this will be followed up with enforcement action.

Under section 87 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 a person is guilty of an offence if he throws down, drops or otherwise deposits any litter in any place in the area of a principal litter authority which is open to the air such as a public highway.  This includes food wrappers, drinks cartons, cigarette litter and chewing gum.

Anybody witnessed discarding litter either on foot or from a vehicle can be issued with a fixed penalty notice of £75.

As part of the Council’s commitment to tackle litter, the Waste Prevention and Enforcement Team regularly patrol areas of the borough to provide litter education to visitors and residents, and ultimately through enforcement action if necessary.

Littering Fixed Penalty Notices Issued

YearNumber of FPN's issued
2013/143
2014/151
2015/164
2016/175
2017/182*

To report litter issues, to request a litter patrol in your area or if you would like to display a litter awareness poster in your business or community centre please email recycle@fylde.gov.uk

Under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 all household waste must be placed out for collection in Fylde Council issued containers such as wheeled bins or sacks that have been provided by the Council for refuse and recycling collection. Any refuse or recycling that has been put out for collection in anything other than Council issued containers (or sacks) is classified as, and investigated as, illegally deposited waste.

Wheeled bins and sacks must only be placed out for collection on the evening prior to collection day or by 7:30am on the day of collection.

Residents have a duty to comply with the refuse collection arrangements which have been set out by the Council and can be enforced under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

Any residents that fail to comply with the Council’s refuse collection arrangements can be issued with a Community Protection Notice and breach of this can incur a Fixed Penalty of £100 or can result in prosecution whereby a fine of up to £2,500 can be issued.

Illegally deposited waste figures

Action2015/162016/172017/182018/19
Education Letters53264230
Warning Letters115737737
Fixed Penalty Notices3000

Under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 wheeled bins should only be placed out for collection at the edge of your property nearest the highway, on the evening prior to the day or collection or by 7:30am on the day of collection.  Once the wheeled bin(s) have been emptied by the collection crew they should be retrieved from the highway as soon as possible following collection and stored within the boundary of the property.  Containers are not to be stored on the highway between collections.

Residents have a duty to comply with the refuse arrangements set out by the Council and can be enforced under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

Any residents that fail to comply with the Council’s refuse collection arrangements can be issued with a Community Protection Notice and breach of this can incur a Fixed Penalty of £100 or can result in prosecution whereby a fine of up to £2,500 can be issued.

Containers left on the highway figures

Action2015/162016/172017/182018/19
Education Letters5872450
Warning Letters1282327472
Fixed Penalty Notices2721183